névé

[ ney-vey ]

noun
  1. granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.

  2. a field of such snow.

Origin of névé

1
1850–55; <Franco-Provençal <Vulgar Latin *nivātum, noun use of neuter of Latin nivātus snow-cooled, equivalent to niv- (stem of nixsnow) + -ātus-ate1
  • Also called firn, old snow .

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How to use névé in a sentence

  • In order to cut snow, neve or ice to pile on the flounce, a pick and spade had to be included in the sledging equip meet.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • Those made of mountain-ash had the advantage of being extremely light, but the runners wore out quickly on ice and hard neve.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • In the evening a field of neve was reached and we felt more placid after the anxiety of the preceding hours.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • We stumbled over unseen ridges of the hard neve, our gaze straining forward.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • At the top of one ridge the snow merged into neve split into small crevasses, nine inches wide and four or five yards apart.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson

British Dictionary definitions for névé

névé

/ (ˈnɛveɪ) /


noun
  1. Also called: firn a mass of porous ice, formed from snow, that has not yet become frozen into glacier ice

  2. a snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice

Origin of névé

1
C19: from Swiss French névé glacier, from Late Latin nivātus snow-cooled, from nix snow

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Scientific definitions for névé

névé

[ nā-vā ]


  1. The upper part of a glacier, consisting of hardened snow.

  2. The granular snow typically found in such a field.

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